The Directive lays down minimum requirements for the provision of safety and/or health signs in the workplace.It requires employers to provide or ensure that safety and/or health signs are in place where hazards cannot be avoided or reduced.The detailed technical specifications (These are adapted to reflect changes to related directives and technical progress in the field of health and safety signs at work) for safety and health signs are detailed in the annexes to the Directive.
Art. 6(1): Taking account of the types of activity and/or size of the undertakings concerned, Member States may specify categories of undertakings allowed to replace totally, partially or temporarily the illuminated signs, and/or acoustic signals by alternative measures which afford the same level of protection. Art. 6(2): Member States may derogate, after consulting both sides of industry, from the application of Annex VIII, section 2 and/or Annex IX, section 3, whilst laying down alternative measures guaranteeing the same level of protection.
Employers shall provide safety and/or health signs where hazards cannot be avoided or adequately reduced by techniques for collective protection or measures, methods or procedures used in the organization of work, or ensure that such signs are in place. (Art. 3) Safety and/or health signs at work must fulfil the minimum requirements set out in Annexes I to IX. (Art. 4 and 5) Workers and/or their representatives shall be informed of all the measures to be taken concerning the safety and/or health signs used at work. (Art. 7) Consultation and participation of workers and/or their representatives shall take place in accordance with Article 11 of Directive 89/391/EEC on the matters covered by the Directive, including Annexes I to IX. (Art. 8)
Relevant product types
Throughout the legal text: Council Directive 89/391/EEC of 12 June 1989 on the introduction of measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health of workers at work In relation to it being the OSH framework Directive In relation to it being the OSH framework Directive Council Directive 77/576/EEC of 25 July 1977 on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to the provision of safety signs at places of work (repealed) In relation to its repeal on the date referred to in Article 11 (1) (24 June 1994) Annex II: Council Directive 89/654/EEC of 30 November 1989 concerning the minimum safety and health requirements for the workplace (first individual directive within the meaning of Article 16 (1) of Directive 89/391/EEC) In relation to the use of phosphorescent colours, reflective materials or artificial lighting should be used where the level of natural light is poor Annex III: Council Directive 67/548/EEC of 27 June 1967 on the approximation of laws, regulations and administrative provisions relating to the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances (repealed) Council Directive 88/379/EEC of 7 June 1988 on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous preparations (repealed) In relation to containers used at work for dangerous substances or preparations
Obligations based on CLP hazard class
Obligations based on properties of concerns
EU-level occupational exposure limits
EU-level emission limit values
Substance-centric data source(s) at the EU level
Industry submission system in place
Format for industry submission
DIRECTIVE 2007/30/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL Text with EEA relevance of 20 June 2007 DIRECTIVE 2014/27/EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 26 February 2014 REGULATION (EU) 2019/1243 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 20 June 2019
- Council Directive 98/24/EC of 7 April 1998 on the protection of the health and safety of workers from the risks related to chemical agents at work (fourteenth individual Directive within the meaning of Article 16(1) of Directive 89/391/EEC)
- Council Directive 92/85/EEC of 19 October 1992 on the introduction of measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health at work of pregnant workers and workers who have recently given birth or are breastfeeding (tenth individual Directive within the meaning of Article 16 (1) of Directive 89/391/EEC)
- Council Directive 94/33/EC of 22 June 1994 on the protection of young people at work